Muppet Newsflash – 2nd July 2015

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News Update – 2nd July 2015

The Muppet Mobile Theater has been travelling across the country giving audiences the chance to watch the presentation pilot for the upcoming series The Muppets.  We’ve been fortunate enough to see the entire thing, and we can confirm that it’s incredible, with many laugh out loud moments.  There are still a couple more stops on the theater’s schedule, which you can see on the Hollywood Reporter website.

This week someone decided to ask Siri what zero divided by zero equals.  If you have access to an iPhone, we recommend you give it a try.  We won’t spoil the surprise, but we will say that there’s a reason we’re posting about it on a Muppet site.

Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria on Sesame Street since 1971, confirmed this week that she will end her 45 year stint on the show.  Sonia is one of the longest running cast members, and she has taken Maria from a young librarian to a co-owner of the Fix-It Shop.  She starred in both Follow That Bird and Elmo In Grouchland, and recently wrote her memoir Becoming Maria, which will be available soon.

A couple of weeks ago at the electronics expo E3 Nintendo opened their presentation with a video showcasing puppet versions of their executive team.  Keen observers spotted the voice of Muppet performer Bill Barretta early in the piece, hinting that The Jim Henson Company were responsible for the video.  It was quickly confirmed that the puppets were indeed made by Henson, with the hilarious video being directed by Brian Henson.

Nintendo just this week posted this video of their General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto visiting The Jim Henson Company in LA, getting a full tour of the lot by Brian.  The video is a lot of fun, and it gives you a great sense of what goes on at the studio.

Elmo appeared on Jimmy Fallon a couple of weeks ago to promote Sesame Street’s new cook book Sesame Street: Let’s Cook!  They were joined by Jason Schwartzman and Questlove, where they made ‘Sloppy Oscars’ and ‘Waffle Grilled Cheese’.  The more I see of Ryan Dillion’s Elmo in these improvised bits, the happier I become that he took over the reigns.

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